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Sunday, November 23, 2014

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

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    • We have radically altered our own evolved species behavior by segregating children artificially in same-age peer groups instead of mixed-age communities, by compelling them to be indoors and sedentary for most of the day, by asking them to learn from text-based artificial materials instead of contextualized real-world activities, by dictating arbitrary timetables for learning rather than following the unfolding of a child’s developmental readiness.
    • When you see children who do not learn well in school, they will often display characteristics that would be valued and admired if they lived in any number of traditional societies around the world. They are physically energetic; they are independent; they are sociable; they are funny. They like to do things with their hands. They crave real play, play that is exuberant, that tests their strength and skill and daring and endurance; they crave real work, work that is important, that is concrete, that makes a valued contribution. They dislike abstraction; they dislike being sedentary; they dislike authoritarian control. They like to focus on the things that interest them, that spark their curiosity, that drive them to tinker and explore. 
    • when you push a child to do something she simply developmentally can not do, you create a profound belief that (a) I hate this; (b) I can’t do this; (c) I will never be able to do this, and (d) There’s something wrong with me.
    • Human cognitive diversity exists for a reason; our differences are the genius – and the conscience – of our species. It’s no accident that indigenous holistic thinkers are the ones who have been consistently reminding us of our appropriate place in the ecological systems of life as our narrowly-focused technocratic society veers wildly between conservation and wholesale devastation of the planet.  It’s no accident that dyslexic holistic thinkers are often our artists, our inventors, our dreamers, our rebels. 
    • Science is a tool of breathtaking power and beauty, but it is not a good parent; it must be balanced by something broader, deeper, older. Like wind and weather, like ecosystems and microorganisms, like snow crystals and evolution, human learning remains untamed, unpredictable, a blossoming fractal movement so complex and so mysterious that none of us can measure or control it.
  • "The main part of this website, the History, can be read as a kind of story, in chapters, following the development of the English language from its Indo-European origins, through Old English and Middle English to Early Modern English and Late Modern English, before a brief look at English Today. But there is also section on Language Issues (including How New Words are Created, Language and Geography and English as a Global Language), a Timeline of important dates in the development of English, a Glossary of some of the technical and historical terms used, and a list of Sources and Links." (Introduction, ¶5)

    tags: English history language change language issues languages linguistics philology varieties wink_students

  • For a writing class with initial enrollment in the tens of thousands, as well as for a class with enrollment in the teens, Sokolik advocated "approaching writing as a method of inquiry, discovery and expression" (Acitve Learning, ¶1), and said she had identical goals, namely for students "to write well, to engage with ideas in meaningful ways and to write in a way to attract a wider audience" (Active Learning, ¶4).

    tags: academic writing active learning college courses grammar online wink_students writing

    • Perfecting English grammar can be a long process; this fact should not prevent students from diving into writing, regardless of their level of grammatical proficiency. Requiring students to focus constantly on grammar, and not on writing, is like requiring the novice home cook to focus constantly on knife skills, never allowing him or her to cook a meal.

       

  • For students learning to write for academic purposes, the Writing Resources section of the Empire State College Online Writing Centre site provides access to a range of self-development material. Sub-sections of the material include: Academic Writing Research Writing Critical Reading and Writing Grammar Punctuation Writing Exercises ELL/ESL Resources

    tags: academic writing college grammar online resources wink_students writing

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

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Sunday, November 02, 2014

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

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  • tags: blended learning education institutions learning online learning strategies technology

    • Just as the curriculum can become a collection of courses instead of a cohesive and meaningful curriculum, the same may be true for blended learning when the approach does not provide the mechanisms and support to fundamentally redesign the student learning experience across the curriculum. 
    • larger concerns may relate to the lack of time, support, or incentives
    • Even though the examples of an institutional approach to blended learning are scarce, presenting best practices for blended learning only in the context of individual courses prevents constituents from grasping the larger institutional strategy.  Situating all specific course examples within the framework of the larger institutional strategy allows the rationale for blended learning to remain at the forefront of the conversations, as well as at the forefront of any specific processes and support mechanisms the institution puts into place.  Delving into specific course strategies should always be preceded by reminding constituents of the larger institutional strategy. 
      • Drysdale, J., Graham, C., Spring, K., & Halverson, L. (2013).  An analysis of research trends in dissertations and theses studying blended learning. Internet and Higher Education, 17, 90-100. 
    • Fink (2013) notes that the prevailing view of faculty work (teaching, research, and service) does not provide any "in-load" time for faculty to work on their own professional development around teaching (p. 222). Therefore, a critical condition necessary for the achievement of a blended learning institutional strategy is adequate time

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

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Sunday, October 05, 2014

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

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    • accountability and performance evaluations have, in many instances, taken on disproportionate importance to the basics of teaching well and effectively and maintaining a good dose of active and engaged learning in our classrooms
    • If you don't have faculty who are productive, engaging, and relatively happy, the learning process for students can be seriously flawed. ultimately, it is the faculty who are the most important part of any thriving university.
    • Gone are the days when you could blow off a series of homework assignments throughout the semester but pull through with a respectable grade by cramming for and acing that all-important mid-term exam. Getting good grades today is far more about keeping up with and producing quality homework—not to mention handing it in on time.
  • "In order for Japanese people to be able to make necessary contributions and play an important role in the future of the world as a member of the international community, it is vital that Japanese people cultivate an interest in other countries. In particular, I have a strong desire to see the younger generation on which the future of Japan depends upon, look outward to the world" (¶4).

    tags: CLAIR education Japan JET Program(me)

    • Every reaction is a learning process; every significant experience alters your perspective.
    • So if you now number yourself among the disenchanted, then you have no choice but to accept things as they are, or to seriously seek something else. But beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living WITHIN that way of life. But you say, "I don't know where to look; I don't know what to look for."
  • In this TESOL Blog post (2014.09.19), Elena Shvidko shared descriptions from websites of 11 journals carrying "articles related both to research in second language writing and writing pedagogy" (¶1, 2014.09.22). - See more at: http://blog.tesol.org/excellent-academic-journals-to-stay-up-to-date-in-el-writing/#sthash.RB7SItgV.dpuf

    tags: academic journals TESOL venues for publication

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

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